Visit Ciudad Rodrigo
Ciudad Rodrigo has splendid twelfth and seventeenth century walls, streets of Renaissance mansions, a castle which was the first historic building to be turned into a parador, and a beautiful Plaza Mayor. Its buildings are in a lovely golden stone and the town is perfect for a leisurely stroll, well worth the detour from Salamanca.
Ciudad Rodrigo is close to the border with Portugal - hence its fortifications - the fortified walls and castle.
Explore Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain
The historic centre is surrounded by a medieval wall which is 2 km long and has seven gateways.
Ciudad Rodrigo's main sight is its cathedral with its attractive balustrade and cloister and choir stalls carved by Rodrigo Aleman. Have a close look at these to see the rather grotesque figures. The cathedral has a mixture of Gothic, Romanesque and Plateresque elements.
The Plaza Mayor is very attractive and is an excellent spot to stop at a bar or restaurant. Take a look at the 16th century town hall with its two towers and lovely arcaded upper floor. The House of the first Marquis of Cerrablo and the 16th century Casa de los Cueto are also on the main square.
The nearby Plaza Conde has three of the town's best mansions - the Palacio Alba de Yeltes, the Palacio de los Castro and the Palacio de Moctezum.
There are lovely 16th century manor houses scattered throughout the town.
The castle of Henry II of Trastamara is now a parador and has views across to Portugal. It also looks down onto the river Agueda and a Roman bridge crossing the river.
Ciudad Rodrigo is classed as one of the Historic-Artistic sites of Spain.
Places to Visit nearby
Don't miss a visit to the beautiful city of Salamanca.
The village of La Alberca, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain is nearby. It has now become a national monument.
Map of Ciudad Rodrigo and places nearby
Ciudad Rodrigo places to visit
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